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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, 4-H Bldg., Route 78, Lockport, 7 p.m., Monday. Call 434-7176.

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, fly tying, 6 p.m., and meeting, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Guide Tom Cornell will present a slide show, "Fishing in Montana and Yellowstone Park." Call 695-1003.

Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 547-3579.

WNY Chapter of Bassmasters, Gander Mountain Lodge, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 685-8717 or 743-2300.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, George Washington Club, 2805 Niagara St., Town of Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 846-5448.

Pointing Dog Club of WNY, Gander Mountain Lodge, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 873-6092 or 743-2300.

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>Archery

WNY Winter 2009 3-D Archery League, Collins Conservation Club, next Sunday. Call Mike Matala (337-0126).

Niagara Region Winter 2009 Archery League, LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, Niagara Falls, next Sunday. Call Tracy Neil (693-1629).

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>Shooting sports

Southtowns Chapter of Ducks Unlimited 20th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, April 25. The chapter seeks donors and sponsors for this shoot and dinner. Call Ron Sheldon (649-7818) or George Rockey (674-3075).

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>Certification classes

*Hunter

Hunter Safety Course, Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Call (315) 258-2700.

Vigilant Fire Co., 666 Main St., West Seneca, 6-10 p.m., March 6 and 8 a.m.-done, March 7. Call 627-9861.

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*Pistol

Utah Non-Resident Pistol Permit Class, 1-5 p.m., Saturday. For location and registration information, call Mark Sack (416) 994-0454 or e-mail: msack@sympatico.ca.

Handgun Safety Class, Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (315) 258-2700.

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*Boating

NYS Boater Safety Course, Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 9-5 p.m., next Sunday. Call (315) 258-2700.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary "About Boating Safety Course," McKinley Mall Community Room, eight-hour course, Feb. 28. Call Bob Moscato (681-3889).

Personal Water Craft Boating Safety Course, Maryvale High School, Maryvale Community Education, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., March 7. Call 635-4666.

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>Shows/seminars

Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series: "Wilderness Survival and Woodsmanship-How to Prosper in the Great Outdoors," Dan Human, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday; "Fly Tying Workshop Covering Dry Flies," Jim Guida, 7 p.m., Friday; "Selecting and Training a Sporting Dog," Rich Kerlin, 10 a.m., Saturday; and "Sporting Dog Training and Obedience Workshop," 1 p.m., Saturday. Call 743-2300 or visit gandermountain.com.

Friends of the Lower Great Lakes "Catch the Fishing Frenzy Fish and Wildlife Day 2009," LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Featured speakers include Jim Lorentz, Jim Hanley, and others. Call 754-2133 or go to friendsofthelowergreatlakes.org.

Turkey and Deer Hunting Expo, Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center, 215 West Lake Road, Mayville, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, featuring Randy Rifenburgh, keynote speaker plus seminars on turkey calling, decoys, and hunting; calling deer; wildlife art; youth Jakes Program; deer and turkey hunting gear; firearms fine-tuning; archery hunting; and taxidermy displays. Contests will be held for turkey calling and trail-cam photos. For more details, go to discoverchautauqua.com.

Niagara Frontier Gun Collectors Show, Expo Center, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday. Call 542-9929 or go to nfcshows.com.

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>Banquets

Southtowns Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Creekside Banquet Facility, 2559 Union Road, Cheektowaga, doors open 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., Saturday. Call 674-3075 or 649-7817.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java: "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10 or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Pint-Sized Naturalists -- Great Groundhogs (for ages 4-5 and caregivers)," 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday; to register, call 896-5200, ext. 338; hiking trails open dawn to dusk, Visitor Center open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays; guided nature tours, 2 p.m., Sundays. Call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: "After School Escape (for kindergarten to grade 5 and caregivers)," 4 p.m. Thursday; and "Almost the End of Winter -- Signs of Rebirth in the Woods," 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours at 10 a.m. Saturdays and for self-guided trails, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Environmental Education Center hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 1-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Birding on the River," Beaver Island and Buckhorn State Parks, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, call 282-5154.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: "Erie County Forest Snowshoe," Saturday, for time and meeting location, call 648-9027. Visit adk-nfc.org.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Erie County Forest Snowshoe," call 648-9027 for time and place; and "Walton Woods Hike," next Sunday, for starting time, call 836-4270.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: "Hamburg Hawkwatch" Lakeside Memorial Park, begins next Sunday. Volunteers needed. Call Jim Landau (941-3869).

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: "Hot Spots and Island Chain Volcanoes: A Look at Hawaii and the Galapagos," 7 p.m., Wednesday, Gateway Executive Office Auditorium, 3556 Lake Shore Road (Route 5), Hamburg. Call 627-4560 or visit penndixie.org.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Mount Morris Canyon-West Trek," 10 a.m., Wednesday; "Dehgayasoh Valley Trek," 10 a.m., Saturday; and "Indoor Ed-Venture-Moss and Lichens," 2:30 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 493-3625.

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